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Lot 169: Coronet Convertible

Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2012)

There have been many excellent British three-wheelers; some have been noted for performance, others for economy and simplicity of upkeep, but few for beauty of line. The plastic-bodied Coronet has a measure of all these qualities, and is certainly one of the most handsome three-wheelers ever built. The basis is a robust chassis frame with tubular cross members. Further tubular outriggers support the bodywork and a composite structure of round and rectangular box-section members form a bridge at the front of the chassis for the independent suspension.

Front suspension is by unequal length wishbones and Armstrong coil spring/damper units. Steering is by forward-mounted worm and peg steering box and three-piece track-rod. The single rear wheel is positioned between the extremities of the chassis and is suspended on a massive swinging-arm. Movement is controlled by a single Armstrong coil spring/damper unit, mounted on a tubular structure to the nearside of the car.

The 328cc Excelsior parallel-twin two-stroke engine is mounted behind the seat, and drives the rear wheel through a three-speed and reverse gearbox, final drive being by roller-chain and sprocket. Cooling is by ducted fan, a stream of air being drawn in from the nearside and distributed over the light-alloy cylinder-heads. 50 years on the Coronet is one on the rarest and most sought after microcars and has become the envy of serious microcar collectors throughout the world. With only 7 recorded examples surviving out of a total production run of 250-500 produced, 363 BAE is perhaps one of the finest examples in existence having been lovingly restored to original specification prior to the current owner's tenure.

Turning heads wherever it goes, it even caught the eye of Classic and Sports Car magazine in August 2007 when Giles Chapman penned a detailed article on this car and fell in love with its charms. The registration number 363 BAE is included in the sale along with a V5 document, current MoT as well as an original brochure and a copy of the handbook.

Lovingly looked after by the vendor for the last 24 years this rare and delightfully eccentric British car is therefore something of a landmark  an endangered species  and represents a remarkable opportunity to acquire so interesting a motor car.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace,Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
TypeCar
Lot Number169
Estimate£5000-£7000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£7080
Year1957
Condition rating0
Registration number363 BAE
Mileage-
Chassis number1127
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2